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johnawright98 at gmail.com johnawright98 at gmail.com
Wed Nov 1 19:59:04 UTC 2017

While there is not an active chapter in Macon, GA (I'm working on that), I gave a lecture at Mercer University about blindness and how it affects college students. 
Furthermore, I presented at a visionary panel and I am in the planning stages of a program that will assist blind students in their transition to college, while also educating professors on best practices when interacting with these students. 

I'd say I had a pretty successful Meet the Blind Month, and I can't wait to hear what everyone else did!


Johna Wright
Social Media Coordinator 
National Federation of the Blind Community Service Division

> On Nov 1, 2017, at 2:02 PM, Jonathan Franks via Community-Service <community-service at nfbnet.org> wrote:
> Hello all,
> hope you are doing well. As it is now November 1st, Meet the Blind
> Month has come and past. SO, I was wondering what you, your
> chapter/affiliate/division or group of friends/ colleagues did?
> A few examples from the Austin Chapter of the National Federation of
> the Blind of Texas are:
> Volunteering with the Boys and Girls Club: One of our chapter members
> is employed there and they read braille stories to the children,
> utilized the new tactile art kit from the Action fund and talked about
> guide dog handling with the children.
> Volunteering at The Thinkery: The Thinkery is a STEAM focussed
> interactive Children's museum where myself and another chapter member
> is employed. I along with 4 other chapter members brought Perkin's
> Braillers, Slate and Styllus, a laptop with Jaws installed, a Victor
> reader and the Museum provided Braille children's books, braille
> blocks with numbers on them, letter and number magnets with braille,
> a board that had crayons with the braille in front of it assigning
> what color it was. We talked about braille, wrote their names and gave
> them braille alphabet cards, demonstrated how Jaws and a audio book
> being played by a Victor reader works, how to use a cane and
> introduced them to guide dogs. We also had one of our members read a
> couple of children's books during one of the museum's story times for
> the little kiddos.
> We also planned and are  sending two of our members to a nursing home
> to help introduce some of their clients with cognitive functionability
> impairments  that are blind to basic blindness training.
> I would love to hear what you all have done this past month.
> Warm regards,
> Jonathan Franks BSW
> Board Member
> National Federation of the Blind of Texas
> Vice Chairman
> Mayor's Committee for People with Disabilities in Austin, Texas
> Graduate Student
> MSW Program
> Texas State University
> -- 
> The National Federation of the Blind knows that blindness is not the
> characteristic that defines you or your future. Every day we raise the
> expectations of blind people, because low expectations create
> obstacles between blind people  and our dreams. You can live the life
> you want; blindness is not what holds you back.
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